The Tuesday market located in the heart of Korle Gonno serves as a market place for areas like Mamprobi, Korle-bu, and its environs where traders bring foodstuff and other wares to sell on Tuesdays.
The market which is more than 60 years old is said to be a source of livelihood for traders from far and near villages and was established during the colonial era. Food items such as tomatoes, onions, fish, garden eggs, cassava, and yam are sold cheaper than they do on Tuesdays as compared to other days; so many residents prefer to buy in bulk on Tuesdays.
The market center has witnessed many facelifts; however, the NPP government through the Coastal Development Authority has engaged stakeholders to redevelop the 800 stalls into a modern market fit for trade. The market authorities as well as traders tell AdoaNewsOonline that government has given them notice a few months ago that rehabilitation works will commence soon.
Hon Elizabeth Okailey Akrong, queen mother for the Tuesday market and Vice President for the Greater Accra Market Association said authorities were supposed to join heads and arrive at a decision but the reverse was that case. Auntie Naomi, secretary to the Tuesday market said she was expecting authorities to come with a letter stating their intentions to them.
The women organizer for the NPP in Ablekuma South Catherine Owusu Sekyere said the Queen-mother held a press conference to influence the traders negatively but added she was pessimistic the market after reconstruction will be handed back to the traders.
Hon. Ivan EsimanTekpli, assemblyman for Korlegonno electoral area stressed that CEO for CODA had been there to speak to the traders concerning the construction and he has further requested the data of all traders from the market queen but we are yet to receive it. He said when the market is completed the Metropolitan assembly will put measures in place to curb the issue of one trader owning 4 or more sheds.
The MP for Ablekuma south Hon Alfred Oko Vanderpuije said the right thing must be done to ensure peace and sanity between traders and the authorities.
By: Naa Afarley Quarcoo